Three chess superstars - Paul Morphy, Klaus Junge and Rudolf Charousek - flashed brightly on the heavens of chess and waned soon.
The similarity between the fates of these three chess cracks is surprising and tells much about chess genius and obsession. All three of them showed already in their youth an outstanding talent.
They took part in international competitions only for a period of two years and they all died a soon death, Charousek of tuberculosis.
Charousek is still mostly unknown to the modern reader. In Russia he is considered to be a disciple and comrade of M. Tchigorin, in Hungary and Germany he has a reputation of a "second Morphy".
The 250 games are well annotated in general, mainly by GM Gedeon Barcza and the author, and a very few are given without any comments.
The games are arranged chronologically, except for the correspondence tournament held in 1893-1897.